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2nd Annual CFVA Brunch Honors Corporate Members

On Saturday, June 28th – the 2nd Annual CFVA Brunch for corporate members was held at the Helikon Gallery.   Over 30 corporate members were in attendance and enjoyed a three-course brunch with Troy Guard of the TAG Restaurant as Chef.   CFVA board members were the service crew for the brunch - waiting tables and tending bar for the festive event.   Stephen Felt, CFVA board chair, welcomed the group and took the opportunity to thank them for their long-standing support of the organization.  The 3rd Annual CFVA Brunch is already on the calendar for June 2015.

The independent drama, Cop Car, recently wrapped in Southern Colorado.

Cop Car is a feature about a corrupt sheriff who sets out to find the two kids who have taken his car on a joy ride.The film was written and directed by Colorado native Jon Watts and stars Kevin Bacon. That's right the Kevin Bacon! The Colorado Film and Video Association had the opportunity to be on set and personally thank the Cop Car crew and support staff in Fountain and Colorado Springs. This was a production that utilized Coloarado crew, local police and hotel staff. Colorado moved quickly for Cop Car's deadlines and we hope they come back for the sequel. 

Added Membership Perk - CFVA Rough-Cut to Final Cut

EXCLUSIVE benefit to CFVA members.

Monthly event at the Sie FilmCenter

Launching August 5th, 2014 – this is a new monthly CFVA program at the Sie FilmCenter happening on the first Tuesday of every month allowing CFVA members to screen their work at the venue for only $75.00 for 2.0 hours of time. There are 6 slots available every month for a total of 72 screenings throughout the calendar year.

Denver Film Society contact for the program:
Jennifer Selph 970.846.6467

Reservations are available for the following dates:

  • Tuesday, August 5th
  • Tuesday, September 2nd
  • Tuesday, October 7th
  • Tuesday, November 4th
  • Tuesday, December 2nd

To confirm a reserved slot – reservations must be pre-paid and any cancellations after payment will forfeit their $75.00

YOU MUST BE A CFVA MEMBER to take advantage of this new program.

There will be six slots available each month:

  • Clasen Screening Room:
    40 seats 9:00am – 11:00am 11:00am – 1:00pm
  • Maglione Theatre:
    179 seats 9:00am – 11:00am 11:00am – 1:00pm
  • Tom Fries Theatre:
    147 seats 9:00am – 11:00am 11:00am – 1:00pm

Fight Church by Daniel Junge & Bryan Storkel

Thursday July 10th, Directors Daniel Junge and Bryan Storkel in person! Post-Reception to follow screening in Henderson's Lounge

Academy Award® Winning Director, Daniel Junge (Saving Face) and director Bryan Storkel (Holy Rollers: The True Story of Card Counting Christians) present a feature documentary about the confluence of Christianity and mixed martial arts, including ministries which train fighters. The film follows several pastors and popular fighters in their quest to reconcile their faith with a sport that many consider violent and barbaric. Faith is tried and questions are raised. Can you really love your neighbor as yourself and then punch him in the face?

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Crooked Lake Productions releases official movie poster for Wrong Side Up

Wrong Side Up Poster

The Dust Bowl was the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history. For Colorado, it transformed the landscape and Coloradan people with a decade long drought.

In Crooked Lake’s new short film Wrong Side Up,  Mac, a twelve-year-old boy whose fate is determined by his father’s departure and the impending Dust Bowl is forced to care for his family and their farm.


The movie was shot at historic locations all over Colorado by Coloradans and will release to festivals later this year. Watch the trailer here. #DustBowlMovie  #PreserveColorado

Indie Comic July 2014

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Don't get caught in situations like these - hire a professional - Colorado Production Guide

Indie Comic July 2014

Kevin Andrews - Your subjects don't stand still

I love a nicely composed long lens lockoff just as much as the next person, but knowing when and why to move a camera can add to the effectiveness, beauty, and purpose of the image you are trying to create. Whether long, medium, or on a wide lens, moving a camera can emulate the audience perspective, the character perspective, or simply provide a narrative observation. No other tool has freed the camera more than the invention of the Steadicam. When dolly track limited our imagination, and cranes flew to their limits, our industry needed something that would achieve a cinematic image while enabling the camera operator to more freely position the lens and explore a space more dynamically. I’ve had the pleasure of working with this great tool for over 10 years; first discovering a dusty relic of a rig in the National Geographic equipment room while contracting for the Society back in 2001.

Kevin Andrews










Fast forward 13 years later to the invention of the handheld digital 3 axis gimbal debuted at the NAB show last year in Las Vegas. As a camera operator, I was interested to see a new device come on the market, but wary of fads and cheaply built devices made for the sake of overseas revenue with no real impact on the art. Just a few months ago, a video came out with the inventor of the Steadicam Garrett Brown, talking with Tab inventor of the MoVI gimbal system. Seeing Garrett show such great interest in the device gave it more credibility for me as a professional operator. It was the stamp of approval I needed to add one to my kit.

Red Epic and the Panasonic GH4. How do they compare?

written by James Drake

A (now) $20,000ish Red body against a $1700 newly released Panasonic mirrorless camera that fits in your hand…

Dave Dugdale over at posted a comparison he was doing with the GH4 and my thought was, “is this a good B-camera for the Red.” So, with my simple “real world run and gun” methodology, we tested. (In case you’re wondering, Dave and I have done a few other Red camera tests together)

Before we jump into some tests I think it’s worth mentioning that the Mysterium-X sensor is 3 or 4 years old now, which is ANCIENT in technology and computer terms (which sadly cameras basically are wrapped into now).

1st Annual CFVA Swap Meet

The first Annual Swap Meet June 7th was a great success. We'd like to thank all the vendors that participated and Denver Open Media for donating the use of their parking lot and facilities. Also a big shout out to Kristy King who organized the event! And Patrick Hackett for coming up with such a great idea. If you missed out this year, look for it next year!

CFVA Swap Meet

Telluride TV

Telluride TV

Telluride TV's is in the final phase of renovating a high school classroom into a Community Media Center. The center will be used for adult and student media arts education including video camera and editing courses. A green cyclorama wall was built in the facility and will be used for student news programs and other locally produced shows created by people living in Telluride and the surrounding community. There is also an area with a black curtain back drop for filming panels of presenters.

This summer, Telluride TV is producing a live weekly show, "Telluride Weekly" showcasing events and happenings in the Telluride region. Telluride TV's production staff will work with high school and college interns who want to pursue a career in film/Television by providing hands on camera, editing and interviewing experience in a fun and structured environment. It will be an exciting opportunity for students to be involved with all the exciting festivals, people and events that makes Telluride such a unique place and gain production experience for their resume.

Coming this fall, the Media Center will offer studio rental rates for photographers, videographers and anyone interested in learning how to create their own show.